Winning a US Open title is a significant feat, accomplished by fewer than 50 players in the Open era. The same goes for the French Open, a two-week grind that rewards patience, persistence and shot-making. Winning both titles is rare. Winning both on multiple occasions – well, that’s reserved for the leading lights in tennis history.
In fact, since the dawn of the Open era in 1968, only nine players – seven women and two men – have captured multiple French Open singles titles and multiple US Open singles crowns.
The most accomplished in this regard is Chris Evert, who holds the outright Open era record with seven singles titles at Roland Garros and is tied with Serena Williams for the Open era mark in Flushing Meadows, with six. Not surprisingly, Serena also checks in on this list, with three French Open championships to match her six Open triumphs.
Trailing close behind Evert is Steffi Graf, the owner of six titles in Paris and five in New York. Perhaps the most unheralded woman to make an appearance is Justine Henin, the diminutive Belgian who racked up an impressive four French titles and two U.S. crowns.
The men’s list, meantime, is a truly elite group. It consists only of Ivan Lendl, a three-time French Open and three-time US Open champion, and Rafael Nadal, whose nine French Open titles (to go along with two US Open victories) have kept such multiple-time US Open champions as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic from joining the club – at least for now. Djokovic gets his crack at a second Roland Garros championship during the current fortnight in Paris.
MULTIPLE-TIME WINNERS: FRENCH OPEN AND US OPEN
Margaret Court – French Open: 3 titles; US Open: 3 titles*
Chris Evert – French Open: 7; US Open: 6
Steffi Graf – French Open: 6; US Open: 5
Justine Henin – French Open: 4; US Open: 2
Martina Navratilova – French Open: 2; US Open: 4
Monica Seles – French Open: 3; US Open: 2
Serena Williams – French Open: 3; US Open: 6
Ivan Lendl – French Open: 3, US Open: 3
Rafael Nadal – French Open: 9; US Open: 2
* Only French Open and US Open titles won during the Open era included